For the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2019, this propulsive nonfiction charts the history of the Apollo program and puts it in its larger context.
Only now, it is becoming clear how exceptional and unrepeatable Apollo was. At its height, it employed almost half a million people, many working seven days a week and each determined that "it will not fail because of me."
Beginning with fighter pilots in WWII, Maurer traces the origins of the Apollo program to a few exceptional soldiers, a Nazi engineer, and a young eager man who would become president.
Packed with adventure, new stories about familiar people, and undeniable danger, DESTINATION MOON takes an unflinching look at a tumultuous time in American history, told expertly by nonfiction author Richard Maurer.